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Claudia Emerson: Past American Voice

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20141226

We pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, the former Virginia Poet Laureate (2008-10) who died December 4, 2014. A former bookseller, mail carrier, and real estate agent, Emerson deftly portrayed her native rural Virginia in her five books, with another forthcoming in 2015. In this 2007 archive program, she talks about what led her to poetry and reads from her first book, Pharaoh, Pharoah and her very personal award-winning collection, Late Wife. Listen to this “marvelous poet,” a description made by then U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, when he selected her as a 2005 Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress.  

| Subject Matter: Rural Virginia, Inspiration, Marriage | Interview Year: 2007 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry |

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